When the story was over, it was published in the Advance, one chapter food week, and finally the Advance printed a ten-cent paperback edition which soldcopies in a few weeks. Chicago, IL and the coast of Maine are mentioned as being accessible by trainand Chicago Illinois. The main character biok the Rev. Henry Maxwell, pastor of the First Church of Raymond, who challenges his congregation to not do anything for a whole year without first asking: No one stops him. Upon finishing his address to the congregation, he collapses, and dies a few days later. That next Sunday, Henry Maxwell, deeply moved by the events of the past week, presents a challenge to his congregation: From this point on, the rest of the novel consists of certain episodes that focus on individual characters as their lives are transformed by the challenge.
Norman decides not to print a prize fight, and to discontinue the Sunday edition, leaving a drop in subscriptions. Alexander Powers starts a small meeting for the railroad men, but also discovers the railroad's fraud against the ICC. He resigns his post, and goes to work as a telegraph clerk. Rollin Page proposes to Rachel Winslow, who rejects him, because he has no direction. Later Rachel and Virginia help Mr. Gray with meetings in the Rectangle an area surrounded by saloonsand Rollin experiences conversion.
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Later, Virginia takes Loreen, a drunken lady who was earlier converted, to her house, to the dismay of her grandmother who leaves for high society. Virginia later uses her inheritance to buy the Rectangle property and also to help Norman's newspaper. Rollin, having a purpose for his life helping people, declares love for Rachel. Chapters 16—24 shift the action to Chicago, with Dr. Calvin Bruce from Chicago visiting Raymond, and writing what he saw. He then decides to try similarly. Bruce does a similar pledge. His bishop, Bishop Edward Hampton visits him also. Rachel's cousins, Felicia and Rose are orphaned when their father commits suicide and their mother dies of shock.
They go to live in Raymond for a little bit.
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Bruce and the Bishop rreport a work in the Settlement similar to the Gookwith help from Felicia. The Bishop is held up, but the robber realizes the Bishop was the same person who helped him, and he reforms. Some of the characters from the earlier chapters, such as Henry Maxwell, Rachel Winslow, appear to see the work in the Settlement. The last chapter has a vision Henry Maxwell sees, telling some of the future of many of the characters in the book. Characters[ edit ] Rev.
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Henry Maxwell, pastor of 1st church of Raymond, having been there 10 years when the story starts. Mary Maxwell, Henry Maxwell's wife. Appears briefly in chapter 1. Jack Manning, a man who lost his job 10 months earlier due to the Linotype machine making him redundant, collapses in Rev. Maxwell's church, and later dies in his house starting the chain of events.
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Phillip West, local medical doctor. Rachel Winslow, a young woman, tood of Felicia and Rose, who trades a singing career for singing for the services in the Rectangle. Eventually marries Rollin Page. Edward Norman, editor of the Daily News George, one of the clerks for the Daily News, who works with the delivery boys.
Lewis Winslow, Rachel's brother Mr. John Gray, traveling evangelists, who work in the Rectangle Fred Morris, Endeavor Society president, later works for Norman's paper Loreen Carson, a drunken lady, who later hhis hit on the head. Orphaned in the story, later marries Repott Rose Sterling, Felicia's sister, and Rachel's other cousin, 21 years old at the time of the story. Edward Norman removes all unchristian opinions, articles, and advertisements from "The Raymond Daily News," subsequently losing goof and respect Milton Wright decides to love his employees and begins to reorganize his business giving the employees literal ownership rights Rachel Winslow gives up a lucrative position with a touring opera company to sing in the slums under the direction of an evangelistic preacher Maxwell realizes that the saloon is the enemy of decency and begins to preach against it, an action that has ramifications for all citizens in the city.
Using his characters as his voice, Sheldon targets certain habits and institutions as well as society's upper crust. Institutional evil, as opposed to the personal sin of greed, is represented by the Rectangle, "the great slum and tenement district of Raymond [which] congested its worst and most wretched elements. The saloon is the root of the problem 89, To fight the saloon, Sheldon calls for political activism, for "consecrated money to move things with" After all, "how much had prayers helped to make Raymond better while votes and actions had really been on the side of the enemies of Jesus?
The Christian citizens of Raymond band together to vote people into office who would remove the "great curse of drink" from their city The plight of women in the nineteenth century is another social problem explored by Sheldon. Working-class women labored long hours in heinous conditions for low wages and were, of course, as open to evil temptations, if not more so, than men.
Sheldon creates Virginia Page with a desire to give "refuges to poor women, asylums for shop girls, safety for many and reprot a lost girl" In reaching the women, there oyur hope book the next generation, because if reformers can rescue women from misery and teach them not to sin, they will in stsps teach their children. The lack of properly prepared food is also a social ill targeted by Sheldon, for "one of the great miseries of comparative poverty consist[s] in poor food" Sheldon's interest in food is a reflection of Christian liberalism because he clearly believes that poor social conditions create sinful actions, and that by improving the food of the masses, Christians can help bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.
To that end, Felicia moves into the slums and begins to teach mothers how to cook purely and wholesomely. The lack of beauty in the industrialized slums is abhorrent from the beginning of the novel when Rachel Winslow moves the drunken crowd with her stunning voice, and continues down to the converted violinist who stays with Felicia.
To Christian Liberals, industrialization, and the foul air and dilapidated buildings that accompany it, is the prime cause of social evils. Interestingly, in all these cases, Sheldon chooses women to address the needs of women. At the death of Loreen, a converted drunk, Sheldon asks "Who killed this woman? In order to get close to God, one must get close to the people, the "outcast[s], the wreck[s]" Christians who believe they should follow Jesus need to be active in the community, providing a healing touch to the masses, for "to love a multitude of sinners is a distinctively a Christlike quality" that requires uncommon perseverance It is not enough, Sheldon says, to delegate service to certain charities; walking in Jesus' steps requires deep personal sacrifice In His Steps is significant to the study of American religious history because it represents a concern with the coming millennium and because it demands a quantifiable result from Christian service Sheldon outlines major social problems and, through his characters and their actions, tells the reader to change those worldly problems through volunteerism and social activism because that is what Jesus would do.